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matters, by the fact that certainly san francisco sits in the seat of such technological developments that are really evolving and reshaping the world on so many fronts, biotech, biomedical, engineering feats. will could not understand why we could not board and eight with the technology available, state-of-the-art information system. for our citizens. thank you very much. i am very excited. it seems as though we are exponentially improving. i don't expect that we will wait another 10 years for similar reports. i am expecting that certainly within the next year we will be 10 steps further ahead.
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a few years ago it would've taken longer. i am very excited about this and excited that we can share this discussion with the police department commission. as far as the development of justice. thank you very much to all of that been involved. very critical. >> commissioner kingsley? >> ms. young, thank you very much for your report. it is very interesting. some of the questions i had have been addressed by commissioner schwatz's comments. i wanted more clarity around the timing and history of this. is 2012 the first compilation of the statistics? is the system established for data collection, is that a permanent part of our
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system of data collection going forward that we will improve upon? i wanted it a sense of the permanency of this, the development of it, and not just the project that is done every 10 years or something of that nature. >> this is a very historic thing for me. and sitting down with doctor -- we talked about what is the definition of domestic violence and we really do need to go down the list of statutes and say is this in or not. the district attorneys office is tracking domestic violence cases, the police department also. we are using the management system but as the systems hoping we will be able to show different sets of information to you.
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this is just the first touch of prototype reports. >> wonderful, thank you. >> not to over state, i think it is a critical question. it is not our intent that it be a project. this is something that would be a foundational, fundamental issue moving on. one of the challenges that we will face moving forward is one department only has a certain amount of resources to participate and to keep going, and another one isn't would could end up with something lopsided. an uneven patchwork of data.
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as we move forward, we want to make sure we have the adequate resources to have this as even and equal participation is possible so that it is not just something that is not sustainable for the long term. >> thank you commissioner. >> commissioner chan. >> commissioner chan: thank you for your presentation. i want to ask a couple of clarifying questions. it looks like the justis project replaces the cable system. my understanding is that it is a database for local background check, i want to get more of the big picture perspective and also want to find out - my understanding is that the cable system was not a system
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connected to any databases. i am wondering if the justis system will be different, connected to any federal database like the fbi or department of homeland security. >> i am the justis project manager. justis is designed to replace the aging cable mainframe system. each department is in the process or has completed the implementation of the wrong department specific case management system. though specific case management systems connect to justis is a way to exchange data between departments. since justis is at that how point, it gives us the ability to all information and roll it up to public data as well as
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criminal justice data. what was your other question? >> i am wondering if justis is any different. >> i know their systems in the city and county of seven san francisco to collect to colect, for background checks, as far as justis replacing the cable system, justis will assist individual departments in creating the roll up reports. we have not received whether to the technical steering committee or the justis council, and requirements to
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connect federally. >> i asked because of my background. i was curious because one thing that was helpful about the cable system is that you could do a check without reporting someone to immigration. i was curious about that. who analyzes the data? you should is the capabilities and the types of reports that we could pull. is their body that will pull the status of reports and doing an analysis on a regular basis? >> each department analyzes their data. the source of the data has to verify the data. they also have to be able to give permission for other departments to use that data. the analysis belongs at the departmental level. what we do is that once the
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police department says okay, share the aggregate data, that is when we connect the two so the system can show the reports of the department of women. we don't own the data. the data resides with the department that originated it. >> thank you. >> we appreciate your efforts putting that together so that groups can see trends and recognize issues that we able to deal with. our next line item is a report of the san francisco police department regarding language access. and some of the concerns that were expressed by the assistant district attorney jean roland about issues regarding interpretation. we have ms. sandra marion, from
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occ, to talk about language access. ms. marion? >> good evening. commissioners, director - members of the public and command staff and police officers. i'm excited to be here and have the opportunity to talk about the work that many organizations, departments and commissions in collaboration with the police department on language access. i work for the office of citizen complaints, in agency that provides civilian oversight of the police department. i will start our presentation giving a little history and identify some of the projects working on. there are other members of the group here, cheaf beal, officer chang, language liaison, --
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a member of the working group. he will talk some of the challenges that lap, domestic violence victims face and lastly beverly -- will make concluding remarks. she is also another vital member of our organization or our working group. a little bit of the history. six years ago a number of representatives from 22 organizations can together to work with the police department to write language access policy. we came together with the desire to improve services for the domestic violence victims and witnesses and family situations. most certainly those concerns and specific cases were at the forefront of putting together this language access policy.
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within two years,the police commission adopted the language access protocol, department general order 5.20. it is one of the best in the country because it is comprehensive and it gives clear guidance. it requires a san francisco police department officers to provide language access or language services to limited english proficient individuals that they encounter in their law enforcement capability, and requires services if a lap person requires assistance. in san francisco on like many police departments there's over 150 bilingual officers and that is remarkable. if you look across the nation, san francisco is at the
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forefront at having such a source of bilingual officers. the department general order prohibits officers from relying on children, bystanders, family members to be interpreters unless there are exigent circumstances. once that is resolved, the police needs to have a bilingual officer or an interpreter from line with from language services language services to continue. those in the community, trying to resolve situations of
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language access, this language liaison officer appointed through this general order. our work wasn't done when it was implemented in 2007. part of what we wanted to do was put together training, and a brochure for the public so they would know what their rights are and responsibilities. we put together a brochure, translated it into five different languages. it is the way in which individuals can learn about and exert their right to language access.
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we continue to do work. there are people who were here, i want to give credit to commissioner chan, the district attorney office was involved, the department of the status on women, you were there at the beginning. and then the police department. there was a willingness in the leadership to move forward, to implement this department general order and to continue with the dialogue on how to best implement land with services that is what recently in the last year, a subset of this language access coalition has come together. we are working on a variety of projects. one of the first was to have another kind of department bulletin for officers who touch upon the common
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indicators, signs, in a more complicated situation where the person understands some english but because of the complexity of interaction, the rights involved in the need of accuracy, an interpreter is required. would put together good indicators for police officers. the other thing that we worked on, a work in progress, roll-call training scenario based. that is an ongoing project. we have been working with the department, scripting it out, we hope that it will be rolled out of the beginning of next year. under the project we are working on to enhance services, we devised a multilingual card
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so the police service aids, civilians, people that victims might think are officer, -- this is an important mechanism so that domestic violence victims coming to the station to file reports, there is immediate communication so that things can get moving in a rapid manner. on the technology side we are grappling with how to enhance dispatch. we are working closely with lisa hoffman to have a system that identifies the language skills of bilingual officers
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immediately and in real-time so that they can be more readily dispatched to the scene and it gives equally important information which is to know if there aren't bilingual officers, waiting on the scene, and can move onto the next level, the language line system. we are working on how do we get officers who want to be bilingual, who want to be certified as bilingual officers, how do they more rapidly get the certification process in place? officers can be certified in mandarin, cantonese, spanish, russian. we are hoping and working with other divisions within the city to get the process moving more quickly. on the street patrol officers, they're using their own cell phones to call language line.
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on a real level of equipment, officers need a better way to ask his language line. we are working with the department and think outside of the box. bilingual officers use digital recorders because of department requires them to tape interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects. the department was able to provide 50 digital recorders. we need more. let me turn this over to deputy chief beal, a vital member of our team. >> i don't know if i am a vital member of the group. i was assigned to represent the chief on this group. is and as i walked in the door that day and saw the members
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of the group i knew that i was in trouble. i knew the group was going to be extremely motivated, extremely directed, i immediately began getting homework assignments from these women. it's a great cause. i was glad to help. upon request i reissued department goals to have officers apply for certification for language skills. we have 400 officers that have line with language skills and only half of certified. i have spoken with director -- of hr and she assures me that
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in the first quarter of 2013, a test will be administered and we will get the numbers that we want. i hope this will be continuing thing with can do a regular basis. also we identified - i was told about issues that we have at psas, and at stations where they did not know how to use a landline. i contacted our academy, captain -- was very receptive. would put together a roll call immediately for all psas. we have a curriculum set up for jan. 2013, a 20-hr. biannual training for all psas. also, ms. marion told me of an idea she had, assisting our
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dispatchers in identifying what skills the officers have that are working on the street at a particular time, either language skills or crisis prevention training, whatever that may be so they can see at a glance what kind of officers they can dispatch to any type of situation. director griffin assured me that in january of 2013 we will have the ability to have all dispatchers to see what skills we have out there who ho they should send to assist our first responders. on that, being the newest member i would like to introduce our language access liaison officer, officer chan,
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who will give you numbers that he has compiled, he has been with a group a lot longer. >> good evening. my name is eric chan, i've been in this position approximately 3 months. they took away a lot of my thunder because a lot of what they say was what i was going to go over. we are making a lot of headway in the short time that i have been involved. that is a good thing. it is important to know that from what i have seen our department does really reflect our community. we have approximately 400 officers that speak some type of foreign-language. of that 400 or so, most of them, we have 173 that speak spanish, 81 are certified; 91 cantonese speakers, 60 certified; 20 mandarin, 9
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certified, 7 russian, 6 certified, 39 tagalog and 5 vietnamese. there is no lag time to getting information on any type of crime occurring. we do use landline with an interpreter is not available, that is the card. most of the language services, including interpretation, we had 1800 calls that required interpretation of language services, most of that was spanis, with about 1060, second
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was cantonese, with about 400 calls. sometimes, you may be underreported, it can be a lot higher if not put into the database. as required by the city ordinances, we completed with the lao city ordinances, with city immigration affairs, that was completed on the chief desk for review to be signed. we are making good headway. that is more to be done and i look forward to working with the commission and do more, thank you. >> i understand that there is a line item in the mayor's budget for 500,000 for language
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access, can you tell me how that was utilized? >> i can bring you a breakdown. most of it was for the pay an officer uses for bilingual pay, paid $30 some odd dollars per pay period, that total comes up to if i'm not mistaken around $30,000 for just pay. and then translation services, language line, that is the bulk of it. telephonic services, around $32,000. and the budget for the officers, 258,000. >> than that is for -- >> bilingual pay.
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>> i thought you said 30,000. >> 30,000 for telephonic translation services. >> and then you have any kind of auditing or benchmark with the program to see how things are progressing, if improvements need to be made or things are going right? >> what was the question again? >> do you have particular benchmarks or goals or auditing processes to see have language access program is working? >> regarding lap, limited language proficiency, less than 2% of total calls that they receive regarding limited english proficiency. that is a benchmark, when occ receives a complaint, the
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victim cannot get across to the police what happened because of the limits barrier. that is a benchmark. did i answer that? >> i have to say that back in 1998 i work with supervisor -- drafting the equal access to services ordinance and what was surprising to me was animal control department had the most language access. they monitor potential violence in the home because of there's an abused animal there is likely to be abuse in the family. >> in oakland, san jose, what they indicated to me was well, they don't have a formal policy such as what we have.
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that many feel good but they are scrambling around trying to figure it out. some of the questions i posted, hopefully that will spark interest in developing an lao project. >> i want to be a strong advocate for a cross agency training; i had the benefit, dr. rossi put this together -- training on domestic violence, cantonese and spanish. officer kathy wong was in my class along social service workers, 911 tech people. the cross training of people, cross disciplinary if possible. >> one of my goals is a
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streamlined the process; if we have a pool of authors that want to take the test and be certified, and increase the certification not only in chinese, spanish, russian but perhaps vietnamese, maybe we can get a test going in more regular basis to make it easier for the officers to take tests and be certified. >> commissioner turman. >> commissioner turman: perhaps you can give us sort of a quick description of how the certification process works for anyone who might be interested. >> the certification process is handled by the department of human services. they did the testing. once the announcement goes out, officers have a deadline. they can


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